US, Japan, South Korea commit to unified response to North Korean threat

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia—President Joe Biden and leaders of Japan and South Korea on Sunday vowed a unified and coordinated response to North Korea’s threatening nuclear and ballistic missile programs. When North Korea is stepping up its provocations.

Biden held separate meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol before the three sat together as a bystander at the East Asia Summit in Cambodia.

The US president said the US sympathizes with South Korea, beginning by expressing condolences over the deaths of more than 150 people as crowds surged during Halloween celebrations in Seoul. While the focus was on the recent escalation of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Biden said the three leaders would strengthen supply chains while building national support for Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression. and the maintenance of peace across the Taiwan Strait.

Biden also planned to seek input from Kishida and Yun on managing the Chinese Communist regime’s aggressive stance in the Pacific on the eve of his meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. was

“We face real challenges, but our two countries are more aligned than ever and ready to tackle those challenges,” Biden said. “Therefore, I look forward to deepening the bonds of cooperation among the three countries.”

Yoon and Kishida discussed the ongoing act of aggression by North Korea, which has launched dozens of missiles in recent weeks. The launch included a 10-day-old intercontinental ballistic missile, and as allies warned the isolated nation was in danger of conducting his seventh nuclear test in the coming weeks. An evacuation warning has been issued in northern Japan.

Commenting on the surge in crowds in Seoul’s Itaewon district, Yoon said through an interpreter: tilt. “

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters on Saturday that Biden will use the meeting to establish a three-way joint effort against the danger posed by North Korea, formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. He said he would step up his response.

“What we really want is a stronger trilateral security cooperation with the three countries coming together,” he said. “That is very true regarding North Korea because of the common threats and challenges we all face, but more broadly, our commitment to working together to strengthen the overall peace and stability of the region. It’s also true about abilities.”

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have surged in recent months as North Korea continues its weapons demonstrations and the United States and South Korea hold intensified joint defense exercises. Earlier this month, South Korea’s military announced that two B-1B bombers would fly alongside four U.S. F-16 fighters and his four South Korean F-16s on the final day of “Vigilant Storm” joint air force training. 35 jet aircraft, he said. It was the first time a bomber had been deployed to the Korean Peninsula since December 2017. A total of about 240 fighter jets took part in the exercise, including his advanced F-35 fighters from both countries.

North Korea responded by flying numerous fighter planes within its own territory and demonstrating its own strength.

The Biden administration has said it has sent repeated requests to negotiate with North Korea without preconditions constraining its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, but the Kim Jong-un administration has not responded.

Biden said he plans to use the Chinese regime’s influence over North Korea to pressure President Xi Jinping to curb North Korea’s aggressive behavior, Indonesia.

Mr Sullivan said on Saturday that the Chinese regime was “interested in playing a constructive role in curbing the worst trends in North Korea”. “Of course, it’s up to them if they do.”

Biden told reporters on Sunday that he had “constantly frank discussions” with Xi, which prevented him from “miscalculating” their intentions. Their meeting came as the Communist Party of China (CCP) congress in Beijing came to an end, with President Xi in his third term as rule-breaking leader, threatening President Xi Jinping’s dominance over China’s political system. It took place a few weeks after consolidating power.

“His situation has clearly changed. At home,” Mr. Biden said of Mr. Xi. “I know I’m stronger,” Biden said after Democrats retained control of the Senate in the midterm elections, claiming he has as well.

Monday’s meeting will be the first face-to-face round-table talks between leaders since Biden took office. He expressed his dissatisfaction with what he had proved and hoped that face-to-face summits would allow progress in areas of mutual interest and, more importantly, the limits of each other.

“I know him well, he knows me,” Biden said. “For his next two years, we need to figure out where the red lines are and what matters most to each of us.”

As president, Mr. Biden has repeatedly spoken about human rights violations against Uyghurs and other minorities, the Chinese Communist Party’s suppression of Hong Kong democracy activists, coercive trade practices, military provocations against autonomous Taiwan, and differences with Russia. The Chinese Communist Party has been held accountable. Prosecution of war against Ukraine.

The CCP has criticized the Biden administration’s stance on Taiwan, and the CCP has threatened to bring Taiwan under communist rule by force.

Biden also spoke briefly with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

Associated Press